PNG NRI farewells Dr. Fiona Hukula


After 23 years of dedicated service to the nation’s think tank,
Dr. Fiona Hukula was farewelled last week in a small but emotional ceremony.

A role model and ambassador often praised for her leadership and mentoring, contributions to women’s rights, for work in developing
policies and laws on gender based violence, sorcery-related violence and domestic violence, Dr. Hukula commenced as a Project Officer in 1998 at the PNG National Research Institute (PNG NRI) and over the years progressed onto other titles including Research Officer, Senior Research Officer, Research Fellow, Senior Research Fellow, and Program Leader for the Building Safer Communities Research Program and Co-Program Leader for Gender in PNG Research Program.

She has also been involved with other government organisations in the area of law and justice, a notable one is her role as a member and Deputy Chairperson of the Constitutional and Law Reform Commission.

Deputy Director for Corporate Services, Dr. Esther Lavu hailed Dr. Hukula’s contribution to PNG in the fight against GBV and protection of vulnerable people in communities.

Dr. Lavu encouraged her to continue to drive the agenda right across the Pacific region as she moves on to her new job.

While thanking the Institute and everyone, Dr. Hukula extended her gratitude to those who she worked with and learnt from in her earlier years, especially Dr. Thomas Webster, Dr. Joe Ketan and Richard Sikani. Other senior researchers she had worked with are the late Dr. Ray Anere, Dr. Alphonse Gelu, Late Dr. Henry Okole and Colonel James Laki.

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